Paeroa vandalism unrelated to killing
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 2:51p.m.
Police have arrested two men following the vandalism of a memorial to slain Paeroa pizza shop owner Jordan Voudouris, but say the vandalism is not connected to the killing.
The two Paeroa men, aged 38 and 42, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with wilful damage and theft after flowers, balloons, cards and other memorial items left outside Mr Voudouris' shop on Saturday night were vandalised.
Saturday would have been Mr Voudouris' birthday.
His body was found in an alley leading to the Mykonos Pizza and Pasta business in the Waikato town earlier this month.
Police say the 57-year-old was the victim of a homicide but aren't saying how he died as it may help them catch the killer.
A frustrated Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Whitehead said there was no indication the two arrested men had any involvement with Mr Voudouris' death.
"Mindless behaviour like this can divert investigators from their primary focus of finding the person or people responsible for Jordan's murder."
Twenty-seven officers were now working on the homicide investigation and Det Snr Sgt Whitehead repeated his call for anyone with information to come forward.
"Even the most seemingly insignificant piece of information may be the vital clue that leads us to the killer."
Det Snr Sgt Whitehead said police were continuing to receive regular pieces of information which were proving helpful, as was information gained from reviewing CCTV footage, used to confirm timing of events with witnesses.
The two men accused of the vandalism will appear in Waihi District Court next Tuesday.
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